Saw THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN this morning!
I had no genuine expectations and have not read the best-selling novel by PAULA HAWKINS, but I have to say I really, really, really liked the movie!
The critics seem to be split on the film, and some have commented that the characters are "downers" to the point of not caring about them. I highly disagree. They are not "downers" at all, but are very realistic, depressed, and conflicted personalities on the edge.
EMILY BLUNT is outstanding as "The Girl" who rides the train everyday, always watching two very specific houses and the two couples who live in them. From these elements the entire story explodes outward, becoming progressively more complex. BLUNT as Rachel, is a doomed alcoholic who has lost her job, her husband, her life, and is on the verge of losing her mind. From her seat on the train one day, she witnesses an event at one of the houses that infuriates her to the point of intolerance and breakdown. The next day the woman she saw––who outraged her so deeply––goes missing. The disappearance scoops the headlines, the detectives are unleashed, and Rachel becomes one of several suspects.
If you are looking for a dark, relationship-based thriller with characters that aren't what they appear to be––and this includes BLUNT's booze-tormented Rachel––then see THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. As well, all of the cast performances by REBECCA FERGUSON, HALEY BENNETT, JUSTIN THEROUX, LUKE EVANS, and EDGAR RAMIREZ are excellent.
Enjoy Trailer #1 and #2 here: